Festivities and Festive treats

It’s hard to believe that it’s THAT time of the year again.  I know I have said it a lot, but I honestly have NO idea where the year has gone.  It has seemed to have rushed by!  The kids are noticeably older now, and I feel that I am too.  I have to say, that despite the business, this has to be one of my favourite times of the year.  I love the socialising and the generosity that abounds.

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Being back at work has brought about new challenges this year, with both Hubby and I having various work functions to fit into the calendar, and the kid’s social life has been busy too, with beautiful ballet shows and end of year parties.  It’s amazing how the evenings have so quickly filled up.  Along with all the festive and end of the year activities, I have also had a few more cakes to create, however I managed to create them both with limited stress, and I was quietly chuffed with the final results.

Mum's 60th Cake

One of my favourite events of the year however, is a tradition that I started about 10 years ago, our annual Christmas Eve-Eve Drinks.  Our house is normally brimming with families and friends that we don’t always get to hang out with.  New and old friends come for a cheeky one or two (or more),  it’s always a great chance to catchup and share some Christmas Cheer.  Of course, along with that, comes the indulgence in the festive treats; Christmas Mince Pies, Nans’ Christmas Fruit Slice, Fudge, EggNog, Festive Rocky Road and Peggie’s Christmas Cake, spinach cheesy dip (and  various other treats that I like to try).  I have only a few short days to prepare (as we are having the celebrations a few days early this year), so I had best be onto it.  The first batch of christmas mince pies are in the oven as I type.

Christmas Pies

We had a “Family Christmas Dinner” with two sets of neighbours last weekend, and I used this as the perfect excuse to break out the first jug of EggNog for the year and Summer Berry Pudding.  For those that saw my post, and wanted it, I have added the Eggnog recipe.

Most of my nights between now and Christmas are chocka full of activities, and I suspect this may be one of my last posts for the year.  So with this I will bid you a fantastic and safe Christmas.  I wish you all the joy in the world.  Have a wonderful time with you and yours, and take care.

Thanks for Reading!

Lee Lewis

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